Tested on animals:Yes
Olay's Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting Hydraswirl is an excellent option for moisture around the eye area (or anywhere on the face). This contains several beneficial ingredients that help skin look healthier and help treat signs of aging; Olay included niacinamide, acetyl glucosamine, glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4 (a lesser researched peptide) along with an array of helpful emollients. Bonus: This is fragrance free, too.
You'll also see some immediate cosmetic benefit, as the mineral pigments (titanium dioxide and mica) lend a light-diffusing finish that "brightens" the eye area.
Before you get too excited, though, know this: Not everyone needs a special eye-area treatment; many facial serums and moisturizers share the exact same benefits as the Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting Hydraswirl, so why use two products when one will do? What this formula lacks is a sunscreen—and if you aren't protecting your skin around the eyes during the daytime (and, of course, on the face), you'll never see improvement in signs of aging or sun-damage related discolorations, which can include dark circles. See More Info for the details on eye treatments (and why you may not need one).
Note: If you have undereye circles, you know what a frustrating condition it can be that often tempts one to try any product promising to treat, reduce or cure them. Nevertheless, it's important to keep your expectations realistic—unfortunately, there isn't anything you can apply topically (except a concealer) that can actually reduce most forms of dark circles. See More Info for the details on why most dark-circle treatments can't live up to their promises.
- Contains a beneficial mix of anti-aging ingredients.
- Doesn't include fragrance.
- Leaves a moisturized, radiant finish to skin.
- Not too emollient, so should work well under makeup.
- Cannot repair the most common cause of dark circles (genetics).
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream: Most eye creams aren't necessary. That's either because they are poorly formulated, contain nothing special for the eye area, or come in packaging that won't keep key ingredients stable. Just because the product is labeled as an eye cream doesn't mean it's good for your eye area; in fact, many can actually make matters worse, as is the case for this one.
There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes. Any product loaded with antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, skin-lightening ingredients, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and effective emollients will work wonders and those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream. You would be shocked how many eye creams lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye creams don't contain sunscreen. During the day that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage and this absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse!
Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes! That may mean you need an eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer around your eyes.
Dark Circles: Dark circles are caused by several factors, and unfortunately, there aren't any skin-care products in the world that can tackle all or even most of the causes of them. While there are definitely things you can do to improve dark circles as well as keep them from getting worse, your solution won't be found in a specialty product labeled with miraculous claims or a miracle ingredient.
The most common causes of dark circles include sun damage, irritation, allergies, genetics, and veins/capillaries showing through the surface layer of skin. For genetic causes, dark circles aren't going to respond to topical treatment, but those caused by sun damage can be treated, as can those stemming from irritation or allergies.
See our article, Shed Some Light on Dark Circles, for the hype-free facts about this concern, and possible solutions for some forms of undereye discolorations.